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What's Happening in March Around Chicago?

March 2015 Events in Chicago

Although March is typically associated with dyeing the river green and all the rest of Chicago’s St. Patrick’s Day festivities, it’s also the beginning of [somewhat] warmer weather and the long-awaited spring season.

With that, a host of events, both indoor and outdoor, are happening all month long and if you’re looking for something to do other than take down a few green beers over the next few weeks, here’s a look at some of the most exciting things happening around downtown Chicago in the month of March:

March 1st: Kicking off the busy month is Chicago’s annual Polar Plunge, and this year’s celebrity guest is Vince Vaughn. Join hundreds of other plungers and brave the icy cold water of Lake Michigan!


March 7th: One of the more unique events of the year, take part in Chiditarod X—a wacky shopping cart race where teams of five dress up in costumes and race carts of food between neighborhood bars.

March 14th: March’s can’t-miss event, head on downtown for the annual Chicago St. Patrick’s Day Parade. A green river and marching bagpipers are usually the main attraction.

March 14th-22nd: Nothing says spring like flowers and gardening, so swing over to Navy Pier for the Chicago Flower and Garden Show—a spring favorite for many Chicagoans.

March 15th: If you’re looking for a truly authentic St. Patrick’s Day celebration, the South Side Irish Parade is the perfect solution.

March 29th: If you like to run,  you probably know that spring is also the beginning of Chicago’s many races, and it all starts with the annual Shamrock Shuffle 8K race in Grant Park.


March 1st-7th: Despite March being the beginning of spring, let’s face it, it still can be rather cold outside. So what better way to warm up than to head inside and take in a few movies at the Chicago Irish Film Festival?

March 20th-22nd: If you’re into ink and want to check out the works of some of the country’s best tattoo artists, check out the Chicago Tattoo Arts Convention in Rosemont.

March 21st: Brews from local and national breweries will be on tap at the annual Chicago Beer Festival, which returns to Union Station 2015.

March 22nd-April 4th: Bouquets of gorgeous flower displays and finely manicured gardens will be on display at Macy's annual Spring Flower Show.


March 13th-April 19th: Outside Mullingar - Northlight Theatre, North Shore Center for the Performing Arts, Skokie, IL

March 14th-April 19th: Balm in Gilead - The Den Theatre, Wicker Park, Chicago IL

March 18th-May 3rd: Title and Deed, Lookingglass Theatre, Chicago IL

March 19th-April 19th: The Good Book,  InCourt Theatre, Hyde Park, Chicago IL


March 10th-August 16th: New Installment at The Museum of Contemporary Art: “Chicago Works: Faheem Majeed”, a solo exhibition of the artist’s pieces made with reclaimed materials.

March 17th-June 7th: More than 300 pieces by Irish artists will be on display at the Art Institute in “Ireland: Crossroads of Art and Design, 1690-1840.”

March 28th-OCtober 4th: An exhibition of Keren Cytter’s intentionally low-budget videos that feature kitschy, lo-fi effects.

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